Ban the Box in Wake County

Wake County Commissioners have created a new policy that gets rid of the box on the application that asks if the person has ever been convicted of a crime, and it also puts into place good guidelines for implementing a policy that gives a fair chance to the formerly incarcerated. Bill Rowe and the Justice Center have worked closely with the commissioners and have developed what looks like, at this point in the draft, an excellent policy.

The new policy is set to be introduced at the April 18 meeting of the County Commissioners. Following the meeting, there will be a press conference about the new fair hiring policy (which the commissioners believe will be approved). They would like to see a good number of faces at that press conference, people saying “yes, we support this policy” and “thank you.” We hope there will be a lot of people there, both people who are involved in or care about re-entry work and people who have been impacted by the box on the application forms.

The press conference will be about 4:30 on Monday, April 18, at the Justice Building, corner of McDowell and Martin Streets.  I will send more specific information later, but be talking with others who might come and show their support. Let your organizations and congregations know about his—ask people to come along and swell the crowd for the press conference. CSJ has played a role in helping move this very significant action forward—let’s celebrate that and thank both the commissioners and the Justice Center.

The attached flyer is a good introduction to what this new hiring procedures is about. Feel free to print copies and distribute or forward by email. We want a lot of people to know what this is about.

Ban the Box Wake flyer